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ChemE Ph.D. candidate finds success through catalysis

A Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering is one of two Lehigh University students who won prizes for poster presentations of their research recently at the annual Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York (NYCS).

Christopher J. Keturakis '09, supervised by Israel E. Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of Lehigh’s Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Laboratory, won one of the two third place prizes for his presentation, which was titled "Operando Molecular Spectroscopy during Catalytic Biomass Pyrolysis."

Keturakis, who earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 2009, wrote a chapter that was included in the book Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II, which was published in 2013 by Elsevier Ltd. He also wrote a proposal that resulted in a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which helped support the work he presented at the conference.

The symposium, the largest such event held to date in the northeastern region of the United States, took place March 12 at the Ben Franklin TechVentures Center on the Mountaintop Campus.

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Christopher Keturakis

Christopher Keturakis took third place for his presentation, "Operando Molecular Spectroscopy during Catalytic Biomass Pyrolysis" at the annual Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York.